Cheryl Isaak once said:
>> Cheryl Isaak once said:
>>> We have just gotten two***atiels and they've moved from city water to the
>>> home with well water. Very hard well water - lots of lime and iron.
>>> Can I just give them water, filter it (we have a Brita pitcher) or should I
>>> buy them bottled water?
>>> Thanks - Polly and Honey appear to be settling in quickly.
>> Even filtered, hard water still contains a lot of heavy metals and
>> minerals. Here, the filtered tap water still has a slight off odor. We
>> give our bird only bottled water to drink and then the bath water she
>> preens off her feathers isn't enough to bother her.
>> I know that's just my opinion, but there it is.
>> Good luck! :)
> Thank you - I'll head to the grocery store after this morning's hockey game
> and buy her a jug to keep in her room
> Mind you - none of us notice the "taste" of the water. The Brita was gift
> and now a handy way to have a pitcher of water on the table.
> We forgot to ask what fresh fruits/veggies they like, so hopefully we have
> an answer by then too - carrots shavings were not of interest
Mine loves snow peas, snap peas and green beans. She gets her foraging
kicks digging out the peas and little beans from inside them, too. A
whole baby carrot now and then is a treat, but she ignores it if I offer
one too often. Cracked corn is a crunchy option for occasional variety
but she hasn't touched fresh corn, neither cooked nor raw. Some birds,
including mine, like a bit of dried shaved coconut, too, but she won't
touch it toasted or fresh.
Another suggestion I'll offer is sugar-free corn bread. It doesn't have
to be a complete recipe, and you can add orange rind and millet seed if
you wish, served warm or cooled.
You didn't mention if you keep them caged or allow them out part of the
day. I recommend you take them out of the cage for messy eating, like
veggies and breads, and also dry pellet food, because my bird loves to
pick up the little crumbs from a flat surface. Feeding pellets in the
cage, the crumbs and smaller pieces fall between the whole pellets. She
prefers to eat rolled oats and buckwheat seed out on the table, too, so
she can get to all the little bits.
We keep a small pot of wheat grass by her favorite perch near a window,
too. Meijer carries it in the produce section with other fresh herbs.
I forgot to mention: you want "filtered drinking water" and not anything
marked 'natural' or 'spring', because the FDA regulates the water
quality and the words 'natural' and 'spring' are meaningless and can
legally apply to ordinary tap water or even rain water.